Cabinet panel to look into regularisation of layouts

Prakash to head the panel; report to be submitted within a month

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to constitute a subcommittee headed by Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash to go into the issues of regularisation and registration of house sites in unauthorised layouts.

Information Minister B. Shivaram told presspersons that the Cabinet subcommittee has to submit a report within a month and go by certain guidelines that have been issued. Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh will name the members of the panel.

The guidelines are: it should study issues such as levying alienation or conversion charges, penalty for failure to reserve land for civic amenities such as parks in layouts and charges for creating infrastructure such as roads, drainages, power and water lines.

Mr. Shivaram said property registration will be resumed after a government order cleared by the Cabinet is issued.

The Cabinet asked the Disinvestment Committee of the Karnataka State Public Sector Enterprises to review the condition of each and every public sector undertaking and report whether they can be improved, closed or privatised.

Mr. Shivaram said that profit-making public sector undertakings will not be privatised. Those incurring losses for long will be. Or they will be closed down after compensating the workers.

The loss-making units that manufacture consumer goods will be either privatised or merged. No duplication of work of the Government and the public sector undertakings will be allowed. The excess staff will be shifted to other units and voluntary retirement schemes will be allowed wherever feasible.

He said that infrastructure improvement will be made in the units by utilising the profits made out of sale of products and for rural development. No new public sector unit will be floated.

Repayment extended

To mitigate the sufferings of farmers in six northern districts affected by floods and heavy rains, the Cabinet decided to extend the repayment of agricultural loans obtained by them up to December 2005.

Mr. Shivaram said the last date for repayment of farm loans in Belgaum, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar and Bagalkot is September 30 and it has now been extended by three months.

He said the Cabinet decided to approach the World Bank for a Rs. 731-crore soft loan to take up development work in 1,338 village panchayats in 39 backward taluks as recommended by the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee.

The World Bank loan carries an interest of 0.75 per cent and the loan has to be repaid in 40 years. The World Bank, he said, is happily sanctioning loan as it is satisfied with the implementation of the development programmes in the State.

The deputy commissioners, whose workload has been reduced with the reallocation of development work to others, will now be entrusted with the responsibility of reviewing and writing confidential reports of their subordinates in 16 departments.

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